Taxes, the environment and restoring voters’ faith in state government will remain his focus, Raia said. He said he will continue to work on ethics legislation and clearing corruption from state government. As part of efforts to help deal with the heroin problem, Raia said he will seek to have the state open beds at Pilgrim Psychiatric Center to provide more treatment space for those recovering from heroin addiction and also will continue to help organize Narcan training sessions for community members. The state’s 2 percent tax cap has helped keep school tax increases in check and made residents’ tax burden more manageable, he said. “We’re doing well there, but we still need to do more, especially with energy costs,” he said. “I will continue my efforts to repower the Northport power plant, to replace dirty turbines with new turbines,” and said he will push for making more hydropower options available. Raia said he will work to maintain the quality of Long Island’s drinking water. He said he will work to get funds to repair crumbling infrastructure such as Northport’s sewage treatment plant to help protect water quality. “We’ve gone through the top two aquifers and we need to find ways to not pollute our remaining aquifer,” he said.
Raia, 48, of East Northport, is running on the Republican, Independence, Conservative and Reform party lines. He earned a bachelor’s degree at SUNY New Paltz and was a staff member in the Assembly’s legislative offices before he was elected. Raia is deputy minority whip and the ranking minority member on the health committee, and also is a member of Assembly committees for housing, rules, banks and environmental conservation. Raia is seeking his eighth Assembly term.